Ute Pipeline receives $4.2 million

In April 2014, construction crews work on the first
phase the Ute Pipeline project, an intake structure at
the Ute Lake. This phase of the project is scheduled to
be complete by June.

By Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com The Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority is anticipating an estimated $4.2 million in grants to help speed up construction of the Ute Pipeline in the next few months, according to authority leaders. “The Water Trust Board funding is becoming available as well as the Bureau of Reclamation,” said […]

Pages Past — May 13

On This Date…. May 8, 1975: Bertha Butler of J.C. Penny had been voted Clerk of the Month by Tucumcari residents. May 9, 1955: James Kincheloe of Nashville, Tennessee, had been named superintendent of Tucumcari schools. Board members agreed to give Kincheloe a three-year contract at $9,000 per year. He was selected from among 15 […]

Tucumcari graduate earns UNM medical degree

Staff Report Tucumcari High School graduate Brian Lopez has completed one of his childhood goals this weekend, graduating from the Bachelor of Arts to Medical Doctor Degree Program at the University of New Mexico’s School of Medicine in Albuquerque. Lopez, a 2007 THS graduate, had an impressive athletic career with the Rattlers. At 6-foot-3, 230-pounds, […]

Letter to the Editor

For the next 18 months, we are going to hear about how sinful, stupid, un-American and crooked one side is while studiously avoiding the critical issues facing the country. Some prime examples follow. Republicans predicted the Affordable Care Act would reduce the number of Americans insured. Approximately 16 million have insurance now that were uninsured. […]

Local man pleads guilty to Clovis shooting death

By: Brittney Cannon DEPUTY EDITOR bcannon@cnjonline.com The man who shot and killed Jose Barrera last July pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder, according to a press release from District Attorney Andrea Reeb. Judge Drew Tatum sentenced Eric Valdez, 40, of Tucumcari, to 15 years in prison, the release states. According to previous reports, Valdez shot […]

Former Tucumcari Elementary secretary honored


Staff report Evelyn Coughenour of Tucumcari has been selected as the Outstanding Unit Member of the Quay County Association of Educational Retirees. Coughener began working for the Tucumcari Public Schools in 1970 as a secretary at an elementary school and later transferred to Tucumcari Middle School.  She also became active in the Tucumcari School Federal […]

Local clinic receives state award

Staff report The Quay County Family Health Center in Tucumcari was honored for achieving a 100 percent immunization rate by the New Mexico Immunization Coalition. Debbie Lee, Presbyterian Medical Services medical assistant II at the health center, was presented the NMIC Provider Awards on May 1, in Albuquerque. Mark Williams, director of the Public Health […]

Helena Rodriquez: After graduation, get to know the new you

By Helena Rodriguez Guest Columnist “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you chose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go…” These are not my words. These are from Dr. Seuss, […]

Leonard Lauriault: Receive Jesus’ forgiveness through baptism

By Leonard Lauriault Religion Columnist When a person dies seemingly before their time, the question is often asked, “How could God do such a thing?” I even caught myself thinking that recently. The answer is that God didn’t do it. Death results from Adam’s sin. God warned Adam what would happen if he ate from […]

Police Blotter/Jail Log— May 4-9

The following is a sampling of calls received by the central dispatch office for Quay County, based at the Tucumcari Police Department. May 4 •  8:45 a.m., a man reported a theft at a business on the 200 block of West Route 66. • 9:08 a.m., a woman walked into the Police Department on the […]